With this in mind, the implications on my life from Twitter and Facebook are that they move me further and further away from being present in the moment. Here are just a few situations I find myself in (maybe you can relate):
1. I will often go into what I'm calling "reporter mode", so that whatever I'm experiencing, I'm thinking about how I will shrink it down to 140 characters of less. Not truly experiencing the moment. (particularly tempting on vacations where I want to impress people by how much fun I'm having)
2. I find myself checking to see if people have responded to my status updates as a means for approval. Not really living where I am.
3. While talking to someone I attempt to split my attention between them and my phone screen. This, of course, makes the person (often my wife) feel less than valued. I think we've all been in on both sides of this equation.
4. I have Tweetdeck installed on my computer with notices that pop up whenever someone posts. This is like crack cocaine for the attentionally distracted person. I usually am not as productive as I can be when this is on.
All that to say that I'm proposing for myself and others to take a Twitter and Facebook Sabbath each week. One day (24 hours) where I fully disconnect with the social networking web world and strive to be fully present with everyone around me and God. A couple of notes:
1. I'm trying hard to let go the urge to save up posts on my Sabbath day so that I can double up on the next day. Step away from Evernote, citizen!
2. God desires a glad heart toward this, so if I bring a grumbling heart, I might as well not do it.
3. I think that one cool thing that I might want to report on later is how my taking this Sabbath affected my relationships with others and God.
So, I'm giving this a try. On the day that I do this, I'm using the hashtags #twittersabbath and #fbsabbath.
What do you think? Is this worth it? Might you join me? Love to hear your thoughts.